Graduate Program

Graduate student

Collaborative nanotechnology graduate program

The University of Waterloo offers the first MASc, MSc and PhD programs in nanotechnology of its kind in Canada. The interdisciplinary research programs, jointly offered by three departments in the Faculty of Science and four in the Faculty of Engineering, provide students with a stimulating educational environment that spans from basic research through to application. The goal of the collaborative programs is to allow students to gain perspectives on nanotechnology from a wide community of scholars within and outside their disciplines in both course and thesis work.

A graduate student looking through a lens.The MASc and MSc degree collaborative programs provide a strong foundation in the emerging areas of nano-science or nano-engineering in preparation for the workforce or for further graduate study and research leading to a doctoral degree. Four key areas of research strengths have been identified: nanomaterials, nano-electronics design and fabrication, nano-instruments and devices, and nano-biosystems. The objective of the PhD program is to prepare students for careers in academia, industrial research and development and government research labs. Students from Faculty of Science and Engineering will work side-by-side in world class laboratory facilities namely, the Giga-to-Nano Electronics (G2N) Centre, Waterloo Advanced Technology Lab (WATLAB) and the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Center (QNC).

Many of our faculty members involved in nanotechnology research are internationally renowned leaders in their fields, with several holding Canada Research Chairs and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are the same as home department programs. The home department in which the applicant intends to pursue graduate study must approve the application. Interested students should apply directly to one of the following departments via the regular university application process.

For more information, please consult with the department graduate advisor/co-ordinator.